NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

 Change, September 2014The 15th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, focusing on Advocacy and Visual Communications: How to Rise Above the Noise.

This issue is packed with actionable ideas, intriguing interviews, and impactful case examples that'll help you show what your mission means, and why it's important.

>>Read the September 2014 issue! (read it on your desktop, mobile device, or Issuu app)

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month, we'd love to link up with you. 

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. In this month's edition, we have Puddles the Clown covering Lorde, the continuing and critical Battle for the Net, and plenty of thnigs you may never have thought you'd care about (but suddenly do).

There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month, we'd love to link up with you. 

“Ash ShepherdWe are excited to welcome longtime NTEN Member, Ash Shepherd, to the NTEN team. As the Education Director, Ash will be responsible for overseeing and designing programs for the NTEN Community to help them transform technology into social change. 

For many of you, no introductions are needed! Ash has been a go-to resource for NTEN staff and members for years. From a Tech Club organizer, to NTEN Lab facilitator, to NTC speaker, to Editorial Committee member, he has demonstrated his commitment for nearly a decade. 

Learn more about Ash's journey through the NTEN Community, lessons learned along the way, tips, and something that might surprise you about him. 

We kicked off September by launching the 2014 Leading Change Summit...and we couldn't have done it without you.

All of us all NTEN are amazed (but not too surprised, really) by the degree of engagement at the 14LCS, and by the movement of individual ideas into actionable projects during the Idea Accelerator. We're grateful for the articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and more from the 14LCS community. Relive the experience and learn what attendees absorbed during the four days at 14LCS through this content round-up.

This year's inaugural Leading Change Summit brought together an amazing group of nonprofit and tech leaders: executive directors who know they aren’t alone in believing there’s another way to tackle a social issue, communication directors who see the world in a multichannel network, and chief technology officers looking to flip our cycle of adopting new technology on its head. As part of 14LCS, we at NTEN were excited to recognize a few individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to push the limits, redefine the way we approach social impact, and help chart a course for all of us to follow. Here they are, the recipients of the Leading Change Award, the Campaign of the Year Award, and the Technology Impact Award.

We are all so excited that Julia Smith has found a new opportunity to advance her career that allows her to work offline, in a real office, with other humans in Chicago. We are, of course, sad that it means the NTEN office hasn’t moved to Chicago to be with her. In her time at NTEN, Julia shared many lessons that we will continue to learn from and laugh about for years to come. She will continue to be an active NTEN Member, so it’s not goodbye!

Have any special “Julia” moments? Leave a comment below! Here are just three reasons why Julia will be missed at NTEN:

NTEN Members never fail to inspire us. Here's the latest news and events from our Members that has us smiling.

It takes a lot to jump onstage and pitch a brand new idea in front of a new group of people. Will they laugh, start, cheer, or be intrigued? On September 5-6, during the Microsoft evening reception and Idea Accelerator finale at the 2014 Leading Change Summit, 24 brave individuals and teams pitched ideas for social good. It was an incredible testament to the commitment and dedication of the nonprofit sector to put words to action - identifying needs and proposing concrete solutions.  

You can learn about the three winners here. Right now, though, we want to share the 21 other fresh ideas that were pitched. They didn’t make the final cut at the Idea Accelerator, but we are still rooting for them. Interested in any of these ideas? Want to learn more? Leave a comment below and we’ll connect you to the masterminds (and note that the ideas written here are just the initial starting pitches from the opening reception on Friday night; they may have evolved and morphed throughout the day on Saturday).